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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Workshop Schedule

Student Writing Workshops: Fall 2017 Schedule

All workshops will take place in the Writing Center Annex in the main campus Library, unless otherwise noted. They run between 30-45 minutes. All PCCC students are welcome to attend these workshops.


Date Topic Time
Tue. 9/26 Tackling the CWE

1:00 PM

Thur. 10/5 The Writing Process 

1:00 PM

Tue.. 10/10 Tackling the CWE

5:00 PM

Tue. 10/24 The Elements of a Good Essay

1:00 PM

Tue. 11/7 Tackling the CWE

5:00 PM

Thur. 11/9
Editing Basics

1:00 PM

Tue. 11/14 Tackling the CWE

1:00 PM

Tue. 11/21 The Writing Process

1:00 PM

Tue. 11/28 The Elements of a Good Essay

5:00 PM 

Thur. 12/7 Tackling the CWE

1:00 PM

Tue. 12/12 Editing Basics

1:00 PM 



Workshop Ideas?

The Writing Center is always looking for new ideas for workshops.  If you have an idea for a workshop or something that you think you need help with, please email  Put "Workshop Idea" in the subject line.  Your help is really appreciated!


Workshop Descriptions

These workshops are open to all PCCC students, and are designed to help students become better writers in a variety of situations. Some workshops may focus on the CWE, but all are designed to provide information that applies to writing in other academic settings. 

NEW for 2016!!! Tackling the CWE: This new, all-encompassing CWE workshop provides both those who have taken the exam, as well as newcomers, a chance to find out all the aspects needed to pass the CWE. The workshop will discuss the logistics of the exam, how it is graded, time-management, and overall good test-taking practices. Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes 

NEW for 2016!!! Writing Forum: Instead of a traditional, lecture-based workshop, the writing forum allows students to have group access to a writing consultant during the the time allotted. Students are encouraged to come as groups (or individually) and will have a chance to ask questions about their assignments without having to make an appointment. Time: 1 hour

Understanding Your Assignment: This workshop is designed for students to bring in assingments they are struggling with. The presenter will explain some general ideas of what is expected in certain types of assignments and will help students to undrstand how best to tackle these assignments.

Focusing Your Ideas: This workshop will teach you how to attack an essay starting with the question.  From there, you'll learn how to formulate and organize an essay. Time: 45 minutes

The Writing Process: This workshop will focus on the core of the Writing Process. What is it? What does it entail? Introductions, Thesis statements, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions will be discussed, as will Brainstorming/Organizing and Proofreading/Editing.

The Elements of a Good Essay: This workshop will review the basics of writing a thesis statement, introduction, and conclusion. This workshop will review strategies for composing your thesis statement and incorporating it into your introduction as well as wrapping up your topic in your conclusion. We will review sample thesis statements and also review content you are working on such as current thesis statements, introductions, and conclusions.Time: 45 minutes

Editing Basics Workshop: The editing of writing ensures that the grammar and mechanics of your work aid in helping your reader understand what you want to say.  This workshop will focus on the top ten errors made in writing and will provide you with strategies to proofread and correct your work on your own. Time: 1 hour

Writing a Research Paper: The purpose of this workshop is to give students an overall idea of what is requried in a research paper. We will discuss what differentiates a research paper from other essays you may have written, how to do effective research, and how to interpret that research and avoid plagiarism. Time: 45 minutes

Citation Basics: This workshop will help you with citing your sources, for research papers or any other essays that make use of someone else's writing. We will cover MLA and APA format. With the help of the workshop presenter, students will learn the basics of citation format and be pointed toward sources of information for more complex citation needs. We will also show you how to construct a references page and answer any questions you have about formatting different types of sources. Feel free to bring a copy (printed or digital) of a specific paper, if you have one, or a list of sources. Time: 45 minutes

Revision Basics Workshop: The revision of writing is an important step in working towards a final product.  It involves a literal “re-visioning” of your work that goes beyond grammar and mechanics to take a look at structure, argument, logic, and purpose.  Revision is essential to producing clear, cogent writing. Time: 1.5 hours

How to Take the College Writing Exam: This workshop will focus on helping students manage their time when taking a timed essay exam.  It offers strategies for planning the essay and writing within a time constraint so that you maximize abilities and chances of passing the exam.  This is especially helpful for students who have never taken the CWE or who have problems with running out of time or going off topic.  Time: 45 minutes

Writing Summaries & Paraphrases: Whether it’s a short post on a discussion board or a formal essay, summarizing and paraphrasing are important tools that allow you to express author ideas. This workshop will talk about when and how to employ paraphrases and summaries, and review their main differences. We will review the problems associated with summary and paraphrase writing, and opportunities to practice both types of writing. Time: 45 minutes

Grammar Boot Camp: Survival Grammar workshops address many of the grammar issues that students face in their writing. The workshop begins with a lesson and continues with interactive exercises to help you practice your grammar and improve. A different grammar topic is featured for each session. Time: 45 minutes

Editing Tips for Revising and Formatting Your Paper in Microsoft Word: Learn proofreading tips and basic formatting that will make your final paper stand out. This workshop reviews MLA and APA formatting, and strategies for revising your final draft.Time: 45 minutes

Tips for Taking Essay Exams: Review helpful tips for taking your essay exams. We will review an essay exam question, and show you how to attack it.Time: 45 minutes


LIVE Instructions

Instructions for connecting to the LIVE student workshops are attached below.


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